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Why are Free Radicals Important?
As you review all of the medical studies on
(links at left, and below) you will find a common thread: their potent antioxidant
activity. The underlying mechanism of human diseases is increasingly
understood to be involved with free radical damage at the cellular level.
Since the 1950's, when Denham Harman, M.D. first proposed the
free radical theory of aging and disease, an overwhelming amount of
scientific research has investigated free radical damage as a factor in
disease. A current search of
(the public database of the National Library of Medicine) for "free radicals
and disease" returns over 10,300 related studies.
In a recent
Harman said this: "Free-radical
reactions are implicated in 50 disorders. These 'free radical diseases'
include cancer, heart attacks, strokes, rheumatoid arthritis, cataracts, and
Alzheimer's disease -- the major cause of admission to nursing homes. The
list keeps growing."
radicals, the most potent oxidant known, can attack any organic substance
found in cells," say Pearson and Shaw. "They account for a large part of the
damage done by radiation..."
Shaw and Pearson also identify two key enzymes,
SOD (superoxide dismutase)
and glutathione peroxidase, as
critical antioxidant defense systems in the body. "Without these enzymes,"
they state, "you would quickly die."
In an article
the British Medical
Bulletin, authors Cheeseman and Slater state that "the most important
reactants in free radical biochemistry inaerobic cells are
oxygen and its radical derivatives (superoxide andhydroxyl
So What Does That Have to Do with Baby Apple Skins?
polyphenol extracts have been shown to deactivate or "quench" the
most damaging types of radicals known, including hydroxyl radicals,
superoxide radicals, and oxygen singlet radicals.
They have also been proven to significantly and
dramatically enhance the body's two key enzymes-
glutathione peroxidase- that
scavenge damaging free radicals
polyphenol extracts are the only compounds in the medical literature
have shown this full range of effects against the most damaging types of
Specific Medical Studies
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